Amid the demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, the cries of racism and iconoclasm have reached a crescendo in Richmond, Virginia. The people decrying white supremacy in the streets have prompted Governor Ralph Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to remove the iconic monuments to the Virginians and Southerners of the Confederacy who are honored there.
Monument Avenue has since the late 19th century been the home of monuments to such giants as Robert E. Lee, J.E.B Stuart, Jefferson Davis, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. These monuments were erected following Reconstruction, a period that saw many Southerners suffer through destitution and tyranny at the hands of the Union victors. It was only after the Compromise of 1877 that the South was able to push out the carpetbaggers and build these monuments to honor their heroes.
Ralph Northam is the epitome of the perfidious politician that Virginia has had the misfortune to contend with in recent years. He supports abortion rights, various bans on firearms, and has been advocating for the removal of all things associated with the Confederacy. The fact that Northam is a native Virginian (and a massive embarrassment) makes him equivalent to a modern day Judas Iscariot. Levar Stoney is, of course, a democrat that was part of Terry McAuliffe’s administration. The same Terry McAuliffe that orchestrated the Charlottesville debacle that saw countless right wingers excoriated by their peers and persecuted by the law unjustly.
The plan going forward is to first remove the Robert E. Lee statue, which is state owned, followed by all the other war memorials, pending the Richmond City Council’s likely approval. A law going into effect on July 1st will allow local governments to take down the remaining monuments. Unfortunately, Monument Avenue’s days were numbered when the radical Democrats took control of the Virginia General Assembly and the Richmond City Council voted to take control of the statues from the Commonwealth. In 2007, the American Planning Association named Monument Avenue one of the 10 Great Streets in the country. We expect it to be a much reduced and degraded location, including home values, within the next five (5) years.
It would be easy to become incredibly black pilled by the recent losses to the communist agitators and iconoclastic politicians. As Southern Nationalists, it is important that we not allow ourselves to do so and be reminded of the larger struggle at play here. It is undoubtful a great crime is being committed against our ancestors, a people who died in the defense of our soil, for these monuments to be removed. But, it should be kept in mind that the Southern people and way of life don’t inhabit that stone. These monuments will be relegated to a dusty museum or destroyed outright; that much has become inevitable. It is the responsibility of Southern Nationalists to use this as a fire to stoke our rhetoric and to redouble our efforts in educating our people about their history.
Now is the time to reach out to our friends and acquaintances, people who are equally dismayed by the sudden vitriol, barbarism, and carnage. We must point out that the same people desecrating and tearing down our Southern monuments, as well as bellowing about white supremacy, want nothing more than the complete destruction of the South and Southern culture. It needs to be reinforced that no amount of apologia will ever satisfy the communists and antifa terrorists. This is simply a power struggle that only a unified Southern block can resist.
Efforts should also be made to educate those that will listen about Southern history. The narrative in history textbooks, and that presented in media, has long been falsified to vilify Southerners at every single turn. The intensity with which the rewriting of history will precede is only going to be augmented considering recent events. Southern Nationalists should use every platform available to advance the true version of events. Whether this be a humble blog post or a conversation with a friend, we need to make sure that our narratives are not lost with the statues on Monument Avenue.
The statues will be torn down and destroyed. We lost our major cities before most of us were even born. We must become “living monuments” for our people. We must set a good example for Southerners – we must be honest, truthful, brave, just, providers, protectors, and make our ancestors proud that we carry their legacy. Spineless politicians, antifa terrorists, and roving bands of rioters think they have defeated the South. They can’t defeat what’s in our hearts and minds.
Be a living monument for your people. It’s all we have left.
This article was previously published at IdentityDixie.com on June 4, 2020.